Updated: Oct 4
Is there really a difference between the window tint that you see on Facebook =, being installed in someone's garage for $50 and what top tier companies like us at Lonestar Autoboutique offer? The short answer is: absolutely! With that being said, a better question to ask is, "what is the a difference between cheap tint and high quality window tint, and why are there different options?" Good thing you've come to The LAB, where we specialize in high quality ceramic window tint, and can tell you everything you need to know.
What are the different types of window tint?
There are typically four types of window tint you will find on the current market, all ranging in quality and effectiveness.
Basic Dyed Automotive Window Tint
Basic dyed tint is typically the cheapest and lowest quality tint on the market. Although this choice of tint will help alter the vehicles look, block UV rays and cut glare; it lacks the solar heat rejection that other films will provide. With basic dyed tint you run the risk of the color of the window tint changing over time, and often can not be warrantied.
Premium Dyed Automotive Window Tint
Premium dyed and carbon ceramic window film is the next level up in the hierarchy of window films. Color stabilization and IR heat, short for infrared heat rejection also is the added benefit to this film. Most manufacturers of ceramic films will offer a lifetime warranty as well, adding confidence to your purchase and investment.
Metal or Metal Hybrid Automotive Window Tint
Adding a metal layer embedded into the film, metal window tints offer a much higher level of heat rejection than entry level and mid grade dyed films. The downside to this type of window tint is that it can create significant glare and most importantly impact the performance of certain electrical devices.
Nano-Ceramic or Ceramic Automotive Window Tint
Carbon Ceramic window tint is the best of the best, top tier option there is on the market. At Lonestar Auto Boutique we only use this type of film, giving you the highest level of UV and IR heat rejection possible. The darkness of the tint is variable, giving you the option to decide how dark your windows will look, while still rejecting heat no matter the percentage chosen. Check local laws to make sure you are aware of what level of darkness you can choose and still be compliant, like the 20% maximum darkness we discuss for Texas here. This type of window tint wont interfere with your electronic devices, protects your from heat and wont change color over time.
If you want to know more about what we offer at The LAB, contact us now and we are more than happy to help take care of all of your questions and needs. Contact us now, or give us a call at 210-263-7550. We cant wait to see you at The Lab in San Antonio.